A PIG POST – Niagara Falls 2015

A PIG POST – Niagara Falls 2015

Our little boat mascot has had quite a busy past few days.

…François and I ….and Major Pig (ret’d)

recently attended the Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons’

Annual General Meetings in Niagara Falls

representing Montreal Squadron.

Pig has made so many friends and fans along his journey with us.

(This link will give you an idea of just how far this little guy has travelled)

With this in mind it should come as no surprise that

on our first day we were asked: “Where’s Pig?”

He disappeared for the better part of the day.

…the rest became history,

forever web-documented.

Credit for most of the pictures and

Pig’s schmoozing must go to

this lovely young lady…

Thanks for contributing to the craziness.

In all his conference regalia
Pictured with ‘Captain Highliner’ and the Cruise Director Extraordinaire
Niagara Fall, USA side


Niagara Falls, Canadian side
always friends made along the way


a limo ride just for fun
weigh-in at the Chocolate Shop
($1.54??? are you kidding me???)


and a spicy cuddle with Chili Pepe
…always our little
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons’


SUMMER 2015 – the Process

SUMMER 2015 – the Process

As with any personal blog it’s good to document the PROCESS

for future reference and for those of you following

who might find the information useful….

So for this summer’s little adventure,

this is what we have done so far:

We already have the basic required boating qualifications and permits:

1. VHF (ROC-M): Radio Operator’s Certificate

(through Industry Canada, required by law to operate a marine radio,

course provided by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons)

2. PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card)

(through Transport Canada, provided by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons)

…required by law to operate any motorized water vessel.

3. Nexus/Global Card

Not entirely necessary for our trip

but it really makes border crossing and checking-in easier..

I repeat REALLY!!!

$50 CND for 5 years

…now, what we needed to add to the repertoire…

4. Marine Radio Operator’s License (application through Industry Canada)

$36 CND annual

…as it was explained to me, imagine the automobile analogy…

you need the permit to drive the car (i.e. operate the VHF radio)


you also need to have the vehicle licensed (i.e. VHF radio)

when you are a Canadian vessel travelling in US waters.

5. Parks Canada Lock Permits

(the 6 day permit should suffice for us this season $120 CND)

6. New York State Recreational Vessel Pass

…for the New York Canal System $75 USD for the season

and covers the cost of ALL the locks in the system!!!

7. Non-Resident New York Fishing License

$50 for the season

(he/she who has the pole must have the license)

We have already contacted and recieved New York Canal Corporation’s

Cruising Guide complete with the main guide and a multitude of information for the NY Canal system.

(all of this for a mere $20)

8. Membership to AGLCA

(America’s Great Loop Cruiser’s Association)

$59 USD for 1 year

(discounts for multiple year payment)

…with the flag to prove it!

So many benefits to belong to the organization,

least of which is the great information gained from the membership forum.

9. Our Map

seen at the end of each blog post

documenting where we have been (2013 and 2014 almost complete)

and where we will be going

with information and additions contributed by blog followers.

We have also made some boat modifications

that we would have done anyway regardless of the upcoming trip

but as we gently add little changes aboard we get to judge just how beneficial they are

and how much they add to our quality of life.

(you can check the ‘older post‘ at the end of each blog post to see what we have done)

So aside from finding a great ‘away-from-Canada’ data and phone package (still TBD)

…and Galley Kat putting her provisioning act together.

(although I have be amassing some great summer recipes to share)

…and of course getting the boat in the water.

…oh, and probably the most important part…

being ‘on deck’ for my daughter’s 90.5% baked grandson’s appearance next month.

…we’re almost ready!



Canadian Coast Guard came cruising into our waters today,

looking to inspect some of the club boats.

One of the agents stopped by and asked if he could check our equipment,

registration and licenses.

All our equipment and permits are in order.
…signed, sealed and safe
for another year.